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Mire Lee

The Leaking Machine

Mire Lee (b. 1988, Seoul, South Korea) lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Leaking Machine resembles a metallic silver chandelier or a dreamcatcher topped with multiple “ribs” that hold water hoses that endlessly leak. Several “rain chains” are hung from the leakage points of the hoses, covered with palm-sized objects gathered from the surrounding community. Lee imagines hosting an open call where individuals can donate light-reflective materials, such as aluminum cans, metal wires, and glass. Participants are also encouraged to put their energy and spirit into the objects, wishing for the health and vitality of their loved ones. The Leaking Machine is inspired by artist Emery Blagdon’s work, The Healing Machine (1955 – 1986), a composition of handmade objects intended to channel the healing powers of the earth.


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